An Electrician lays out, installs, tests, troubleshoots and repairs electrical systems that provide light, heat, communication, and power to a variety of new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial structures.
Today’s wired environment requires Electricians to install a variety of wiring such as data, audio, video, signaling, and communication cabling. Electrical control systems are also becoming more complex – often solid-state or computer controlled.
If a student is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employment in industry as an Electrician, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprenticeship.
Foundation Trades Training and Level 1 Apprenticeship prepare students for entrance into the field of Electrician (Construction). Hands-on exercises directly relate to the workplace and graduates of the program receive credit for Electrical Level 1 technical training and 350 work-based hours towards completion of Electrical Apprenticeship certification.
The three main settings in which Electricians typically work are:
- Construction: Electricians work as part of a contractor’s team, on both residential and commercial construction projects, or as independent electrical contractors.
- Industrial: Electricians are typically employed on staff at large-scale industrial facilities such as pulp mills, hydroelectric dams, and mining and smelting operations.
- Institutional: Most large institutions such as hospitals, school boards, universities and other public facilities have at least one Electrician working as part of their maintenance department.
Location: Fort St. John Campus
Length: 20 weeks per level
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 11 level that includes:
- Grade 11 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL040 (Advanced/Grade 11);
- Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus 11), or Career and College Preparation MATH040 (Advanced/Grade 11); and
- Grade 11 Physics (or equivalent), all with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.
Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
- Reading Comprehension: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Number Operations: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Problem Solving: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
- Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher
- Trades Math Assessment: 70 per cent or higher
- Grade 11 level completion that includes Grade 11 English, Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus), and Grade 11 Physics (or equivalent), all with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.
After being accepted into the program but before add/drop date, students will be required to provide proof of the following certifications:
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
- Occupational First Aid - Level 1
- H2S Alive
* All certificates must be from an approved source, and valid for the term of the Program. Failure to provide proof may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
- The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
- Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses.
- The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority.
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.
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Associate Dean: Robert McAleney
Program Instructor: Andrew Amboe